I recently bought a new turntable, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB. I wanted direct drive, decent mid-range quality (didn’t need the absolute highest spec due to my ageing & damaged hearing – I blame the school discos of the 1980s, and Roni Size gigs 😦 ) and USB built-in so I could hook up recording/streaming devices. IContinue reading “Replacing the white LED stylus target light on Audio-Technica AT-LP120X”
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Streaming Vinyl Audio around the house (and beyond) with Raspberry Pi and Icecast + Darkice
Streaming audio from a turntable with Darkice and Icecast running on a Raspberry Pi
Bosch-Worcester 35CDi Fan Failure
It was a cold start to 2021, outside temps well below freezing, I guess that was the final straw for the ~20yr old fan in my combi boiler. On New Year’s Day I’d noticed it was making more noise that usual as I was putting some rubbish in the wheelie bin, nothing more than aContinue reading “Bosch-Worcester 35CDi Fan Failure”
Grafana, Influxdb & telegraf based home temperature monitoring with Raspberry Pi and the humble DS18B20
Creating a temperature monitoring dashboard in Grafana to display temps from sensors all around the house. Running on Raspberry Pis and using the venerable DS18B20 one-wire sensor.
Flashing LEDs with a 555 timer – and not a lot else
Just dug this out of storage – some electronics I made in the late 80s/early 90s. Most of it is old/scrap components that were lying around on my desk – only the (socketed) 555 and MC14526 counter/divider actually do anything; flashing the LEDs along the edge. I can remember making it at work during quietContinue reading “Flashing LEDs with a 555 timer – and not a lot else”
So, “zedstarr” eh? What’s that about you may ask… Wikisplain Z*. Zed star. Zedstarr. Of course it is. Told you it was real. Well, imaginary. Well…. oh never mind.
“Alma Mater” ???
So today I got to visit my “alma mater” – not a phrase I feel comfortable using, turns out it’s a (Latin) American English term, less so useful/used in British English – so what I really mean is I visited my old university. I have an alumni library membership, so thought I’d pop in, forContinue reading ““Alma Mater” ???”
Test from Android
Sleepy. 19:33 local time. 01:33 home timezone time… bleah
via TweetDeck A modern dynamo – who knew they still existed and were so cool. From the 1980’s style, tyre rubbing demons, to this 🙂
Retrophone #Ericsson t39 – dug out of the drawer, still working!
Just dug the old T39 out of the drawer – still works, but have to charge the battery off the phone, and battery won’t take a full charge, but apart from that I love the form factor… Perfect just for making calls 🙂
Adventures in Solar
The smaller “trickle charger” looked like it would manage just over a watt I need to test these on an overcast day to get more or a realistic idea of their capabilities… Ideal for camping – assuming there’s some sunshine! See the full gallery on Posterous
Some CAN data got via mbed, geo-logged to SD. That is all.
mbed.org – embedded fun – http://bit.ly/hE8PnA
Just getting into mbeg.org – rapid prototyping using NXP's microcontrollers Specifcally like the RFID to twitter build that was featured on Wired. see http://bit.ly/hE8PnA
Build – least amount of effort
Hmmm. Similar technique to how I created "Bra Hair" by Japanese Spam Hammer back in the day… Try this: 1 – Go to Wikipedia and hit random article. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. 2 – Go to The Quotations Page – Your Source for Famous Quotes andContinue reading “Build – least amount of effort”
Winamp on Android – it’s like being back in 1997!
Can't believe it, back in 1997 Winamp was THE media player, mp3 files were just becoming popular… I remember running winamp on the first laptop I ever bought, a hulking big AJP 6200, running win95. Winamp on a portable device is what I longed for in 1997 – imagine winamp on a Psion Series5! IContinue reading “Winamp on Android – it’s like being back in 1997!”
IEEE Spectrum: Autonomous Vehicle Driving from Italy to China
POSTED BY: Erico Guizzo / Tue, September 21, 2010 The Russian policeman waved at the orange van zigzagging around the empty plaza, ordering it to stop. The van didn’t, so the officer stepped closer to address the driver. But there was no driver. The van is an autonomous vehicle developed at the University of Parma’sContinue reading “IEEE Spectrum: Autonomous Vehicle Driving from Italy to China”